The City Bus Tour

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Tired travellers

A ride on the hop-on hop-off City bus Tour appealed to us weary travellers. We were ushered onto the bus as if there was some great hurry. We were told the bus would be leaving in five minutes. It didn't actually leave for 30 minutes! No sooner did the bus move off than we were in a traffic jam and that lasted 20 minutes. We weren't ruffled at all really because we were so tired and we were quite happy to sit down and just gaze at our surroundings. It turns out the reason for the traffic jam was several cars were being towed away further down the street and the street was totally blocked.



Ian looking a bit miserable - he was just tired really Ian looking a bit miserable - he was just tired really
Traffic continually enters blocked intersections Traffic continually enters blocked intersections










The only place we wanted to hop off the bus was at the Peter and Paul fortress. Otherwise we were quite happy to just rest our legs as long as possible. The rain was gone for a while which suited us just fine. We placed our ear pieces in our ears so we could hear the commentary as we travelled around.

Kazan Cathedral Kazan Cathedral
Peaceful picturesque canal Peaceful picturesque canal










Peter and Paul Fortress

One of the entry gates One of the entry gates
The Peter and Paul Cathedral The Peter and Paul Cathedral

The Peter and Paul Fortress was founded by Peter the Great on an island in the Neva River and dates back to the early 1700's.

Inside the fortress is the Peter and Paul Church which is the second highest building in the city at 122.5 metres (404 feet).

It is home to almost all the rulers of Russia since Peter the Great.



Also in the fortress are the Mint which is still in use, a museum and a couple of other buildings.

The weather started to turn a bit warmer and the rain seemed to be gone. We had a mooch around and started to feel hungry so we sat down at a little food kiosk and had a hamburger (yes, another hamburger!) which was about the only thing on the menu that was vaguely appealing. As usual, it was the poor quality we have come to expect at food kiosks.

`The Mint which still functions today The Mint which still functions today
Ladies toilets Ladies toilets










We spotted the toilet buses that we have seen photographs of before so we had to try them out. I can't comment on the men's toilets but the ladies toilets seemed to be at a strange angle within the cubicle. They were very tiny toilets and if you sat on the seat your knees were facing (and touching) the wall at an angle.

Cannon at the Peter & Paul Fortress Cannon at the Peter & Paul Fortress
Walls enclose the fortress Walls enclose the fortress










We leave the Peter and Paul Fortress

Having finished looking at the fortress we climbed back aboard the very next City Tour bus and we then saw a few more kilometres of St Petersburg.

Old sailing ship moored on the Neva River Old sailing ship moored on the Neva River

The weather was feeling much warmer and the rain was gone.

We thought the city bus was good value for money. It cost us 400 roubles each which included a discount received by us having been on the river boat tour the day before.

From the bus stop we slowly wound our way, by foot, back to the Hostel. There is no energy left in either of us any more. We really believe we have tried to do too much on this holiday. We have worn ourselves ragged.

Last few hours in St Petersburg

We did the usual emailing to the kids and other family members and then headed back to the same crepe cafe we went to last night. I think it is called Chaynay Loshka. The meal didn't seem such great value the second time around. We walked back to the hostel via all the Sovietskaya Streets. The air was getting quite smoky. We wonder what is on fire.

We pack our gear up. We are right at the end of our Russian holiday.



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Our trip in the order it happened:

Travel Planning Necessities
World time zones, world weather, currency converter, language translator services.

Search over 25,000 hostels.

Trip Advisor Forum - Russia
The place to find information about Russia when you can't find it elsewhere.

Way To Russia
Another very good forum

Getting A Russian Visa
The process is explained

Trains between Moscow & Saint Petersburg
Explanation of the types of trains on that route.

Firmenny Trains
An explanation of what they are.

Moscow's Railway Stations
A map of their locations and proximities.

Learn How To Speak Russian
Free lessons.

Map of St. Petersburg
Lonely Planet's map of the city.

Map of Moscow
Lonely Planet's map of the city.

Moscow Times Newspaper
English version.

The Russia Club
A forum for all those interested in anything "Russian".

Russian Rail Timetable
It takes a bit of mastering but Ian managed it (eventually).

The Art Of Travel
Very interesting travel information for all locations.

Smart Traveller
Australian Government's site dealing with current travel advice.

Travel Independent
A site written by travellers for travellers. Lots of information.

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